A loan of $3,250 helped a member to purchase another cow.


Maa Astalaxmi Group's story

Maa Astalaxmi is a Self Help Group formed in March 2014 by 12 active women entrepreneurs from Nilji village in the Nuapada district of Odisha, India. Nilji is a rural village situated in the inaccessible and backward region of Nuapada district. Bharasarani is one of the members of this group who is sitting second from right with her hand raised in the photo. She is 32 years old and a cheerful lady living with her husband, one daughter and one son. Bharasarani is running a milk-selling business with one milking cow at her house and her husband runs a general store .She gets 10 liters of milk per day, which she supplies to 10 households in her village. She gets her payment on a monthly basis. She earns a monthly income of 8,000 INR. She has a dream of giving a better education to her children. So, looking at the demand for milk, with her present loan of 16,000 INR, she is planning to purchase another cow of the hybrid variety. This will help her to increase her income and fulfill her dreams. Bharasarani hopes to save enough money for the construction of a house and the development of a good dairy farm. The other 11 members of the group are running small businesses like vegetable.vending, milk selling, a betel shop, a fancy store etc.

In this group: Bharasarani, Jhuni, Sasmita, Pankajini, Basanti-1, Lakshmipriya, Sangali*, Sarita, Membai, Basanti- 2, Kaushalya, Santosini
*not pictured



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